Arab Coalition intercepts, shoots down Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia's Asir

Forces loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president stand on the back an armed vehicle on a road. (File/AFP)
Updated 24 July 2019

Arab Coalition intercepts, shoots down Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia's Asir

RIYADH: Arab coalition forces intercepted and shot down a Houthi drone targeting civilian areas in Saudi Arabia's Asir region, the coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said on Tuesday.

Al-Maliki stressed that the failed attempts of the Houthis to target civilians is a violation of international humanitarian law.

The attempted attack comes a week after Saudi air defense forces intercepted a weaponized drone launched by Houthi terrorists toward Jazan.

Al-Maliki condemned that attempted attack, saying it coincided with UN envoy Martin Griffiths’ visit to Sanaa.

The Houthis are persistent in attempting to target civilian infrastructure, “proving their criminality and extremist ideology against the Yemeni people and neighboring countries,” he said.


Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey

Updated 24 August 2019

Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey

  • The destination set in the ship’s Automatic Identification System is Mesrin, Turkey, but this might not be true
  • The US has a warrant in federal court to seize the ship and has been warning nations not to accept it

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the US amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington now lists its destination as a port in Turkey.
The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, changed its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mesrin, Turkey, early Saturday.
However, mariners can input any destination into the AIS, so Turkey may not be its true destination.
The ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com showed the Adrian Darya’s position as just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Adrian Darya was held for weeks off Gibraltar after being seized by authorities there on suspicion of violating EU sanctions on Syria.
The US has a warrant in federal court to seize the ship and has been warning nations not to accept it.